THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)
INTRO TO TOPIC: At last, we come to the end of our journey through The Story of the Bible.
THE BIG IDEA: The Revelation of Jesus Christ is a continuation of The Story of God’s amazing grace and awesome love for His people.
1. IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS: (Revelation 1).
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants–things which must shortly take place.
- “Revelation” = the Greek word apokalypsis = an uncovering of a truth, revealing Jesus!
- It is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, not the Riddle of Jesus Christ!
- The first five words of the first verse tell us who Revelation is all about: JESUS.
- It’s not about the devil, the beast, or the antichrist.
- Like the other 65 books of the Bible, it is about Jesus!
- If you forget this, you’ll end up being a weird person. “Don’t use the barcodes…”
1b And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.
- The Revelation is ‘signified’ – in other words, signs = prophetic symbols.
3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
- There is a blessing to those who will read, hear and OBEY this prophecy. Read this book!
4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace…
- v.4a: Revelation is about grace and PEACE, not wrath, gloom, despair and agony!
4b Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
- The Bible is designed to teach us something about the NATURE of God.
- v.4b: Here we see a picture of the Trinity:
- The Eternal Father, Perfect Holy Spirit (seven = perfection), and the Faithful Son.
- v.5: We also learn some things about Jesus, too:
- Jesus is the one who loved us and washed us from our sins.
2. A REVELATION OF GOD’S CHILDREN:
5b To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father,
- the Bible also teaches us something about who we are in Christ:
- We are LOVED by God, FORGIVEN, and we are KINGS and PRIESTS
- Kings = royal authority (children of God) and Priests = access to God
3. MAIN THEME IN REVELATION #1 = WORSHIP:
6b to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
- one of the main themes of Revelation = WORSHIP. Why do we worship Him?
- Because of His grace – because He loves us and rescued us from our sins!
4. MAIN THEME IN REVELATION #2 = THE SECOND COMING:
7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
- v.7: Another main theme in Revelation = the SECOND COMING of Jesus.
- There’s a lot of debate about how it will take place but the important thing = get ready!
5. BACKGROUND TO THE AUTHOR:
9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
- Background info: The Beloved Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation.
- Location: The Island of Patmos, where John was exiled (only disciple not martyred).
6. THE VISION OF JESUS:
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
- Jesus encourages John with the words, “Do not be afraid!” As we are discussing the end times, we don’t have to be afraid. God’s Word is designed to comfort us!
- More revelation about Jesus here: First & Last, died on the Cross, raised from the dead…
19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.
7. SEVEN LETTERS FROM JESUS TO THE CHURCHES: (Chapter 2-3).
CHURCH #1: EPHESUS: RETURN TO YOUR FIRST LOVE:
“1 To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent.” (Rev. 2:1-5).
- Jesus is the one in the midst of the golden lampstands (the church).
- Jesus is here in the church to meet with you, comfort and instruct you.
- Encouragement: Jesus knows the work we do for Him, and doesn’t want us to get weary.
- Rebuke: Their doctrine was in order, but they were jerks who forgot the love.
- Jesus’ challenge = repent! Do what you did before – pray, read your Bible, love people.
- Stir up your passion for Jesus anew and afresh!
CHURCH #7: LAODICEA: BE HOT OR BE COLD:
“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God.” (Rev. 3:14).
- The first thing Jesus wants to reveal to Him is about His nature – Faithful & True!
- Preach it: Jesus is faithful and true, the first-born from the dead, resurrection and the life.
- The Beginning = Originator or Ruler of God’s creation – the Lord God Almighty!
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” (Rev. 3:15-16).
- Lukewarm: having or showing little zeal or enthusiasm; indifferent
- God wants us to be hot for Him – on-fire Christians. Like the planet Mercury, that is closest in its revolution around the sun, we need to be close to Jesus to be hot for him.
- The planet Pluto (actually lost its planet status!) is far away from the sun and is cold.
- So you have a choice – be hot or be cold for Jesus – just don’t be lukewarm!
- Lukewarm water is good for nothing. This is the vomit zone!
- There’s nothing worse than a lukewarm cup of coffee. Disgusting!
A REVELATION OF LOVE AND CALL TO ACTION:
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Rev. 3:19-20).
- There is hope. Jesus said, “You are loved.” It’s never too late.
- God’s goodness leads us to repentance. God disciplines those He loves.
- “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
- This was written to a church that kicked out Jesus. He’s knocking on your door today.
- The call to action = be zealous (hot for God) and repent (of your sin).
CHALLENGE: Read through the entire book of Revelation on your own this week.